Bliss Institute Director of Research
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Director, Research Projects
Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
University of Akron
- Public opinion
- Security Studies
- Terrorism studies
- Public support for Islamist militancy
- Attitudes towards security issues
- Attitudes towards economic issues
- Directed a university-based survey research center specializing in political research
- Conducted multiple phone surveys with the center's 24 station CATI lab
- Ran web-based surveys with multiple platforms
- Principle investigator in several domestic and international public opinion projects
- Created innovative survey instruments and sampling methods
- Ran surveys in difficult security and political environments
Survey Project: "Pakistani Media and Muslim Communities: Identifying and Supporting Critical Thinking."
This survey project seeks to answer: To what extent does media use among Pakistanis affect their beliefs on Islamist violence? Karl Kaltenthaler has been named the principal investigator on a research project that will attempt to answer this question and more. The 2 1/2 year grant, funded by the U.S. Department of State, will provide insight into the relationship between media consumption in Pakistan and beliefs about the legitimacy of Islamist violence. Kaltenthaler and his team will conduct a national survey of 6,000 people for the project.
Current and Recent Projects
“The Foundations of Public Support for Al Qaeda.” With William Miller. In progress.
Incentives for Islamist Militancy
“The Rationality of Radical Islam.” with Quintan Wiktorowicz. Political Science Quarterly. Vol 121, 2006, No. 2, pp. 295-319.
(Reprinted in Demetrios James Caraley and Loren Morales Kando, eds. Terrorist Attacks and Nuclear Proliferation: Strategies for Overlapping Dangers. (New York: The Academy of Political Science, 2007; reprinted in Daniel Byman and Marylena Mantas eds. Religion, Democracy, and Politics in the Middle East. New York: The Academy of Political Science, 2012). PDF
Pakistani Attitudes toward Islamist Militancy
“The Drone War: Pakistani Public Opposition to American Drone Strikes in Pakistan." With Christine Fair and William Miller. Political Science Quarterly. (Forthcoming) PDF
“The Sources of Pakistani Attitudes toward Religiously-motivated Terrorism,” with Will Miller, Steve Ceccoli and Ron Gelleny. 2010. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Vol. 33, No. 9, pp. 815-835. PDF
“Pakistani Anti-Americanism: Religion or Sovereignty?” In progress.
Iranian Attitudes toward Nuclear Weapons and International Cooperation
“Iranians and the Bomb: Elite Cues and Support and Opposition to the Development of Nuclear Weapons” with Christine Fair and William Miller. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. (Forthcoming). PDF
“Iranians and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” With Christine Fair and William Miller. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Forthcoming). PDF
“Busting Out?: Iranian Public Opinion toward the NPT.” Non-Proliferation Review. Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2013. That is with Chris Fair and Will Miller. PDF.
Social Trust and International Cooperation
“The Trust Syndrome: Generalized Trust and Support for European Integration.” With William Miller and Sarah Poggione. In progress.
“Social Trust and Public Support for Trade Liberalization.” With William Miller. International Studies Quarterly (Forthcoming). PDF
Auxiliary Tables for “Social Trust and Public Support for Trade Liberalization.” PDF
Social Trust and Partisanship
“The Polarized American: Views on Humanity and the Sources of Hyperpartisanship” with Will Miller. December 2012. American Behavioral Scientist. Vol. 56 No. 12, pp. 1718 - 1734. PDF
Social Trust and Fears of Terrorism
“Terrorism and Opposition to Immigration.” With William Miller. In progress.
“The Social Sources of Fears of Terrorism.” With William Miller. In progress. PDF